Chocolate Brownies – gluten-free and low FODMAP

Chocolate Brownies - gluten-free and low FODMAP

I love roaming about the foodie blogosphere when I have the time and sometimes I hit gold. This recipe from My Kitchen Stories is fabulous. I had to make it gluten-free and I reduced the sugar but otherwise it is Tania’s recipe. Instead of 1/2 cup of flour I used 1/4 cup of white rice flour, 1/8 cup tapioca flour and 1/8 cup potato starch. I also used 3/4 cup of sugar instead of a full cup and used 70% chocolate. It worked perfectly. The recipe is here.

On a completely different note, I went to the movies this morning and saw Gravity. I have never rated Sandra Bullock before but she was pretty damn good in this movie. It was amazingly beautiful but I saw it in 2D and apparently it is super fantastic in 3D, so go that route. One does have to suspend belief but that is fine – it is a movie after all. Be prepared to be glued to your seat for this is one very intense movie.

We all know about paths not taken in the past but what about the paths in the future that separate and taunt one to make a choice. I am getting close to one. My neck problems are not going away because of the time I spend in front of the computer and that leaves me with a dilemma. And believe me, it is a dilemma that has no clear choice of which path to take. I just know the path I am on is destroying me.

Chocolate Brownies - gluten-free and low FODMAP

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  1. says

    Great looking brownie! We’ve having a gluten-intolerant friend to dinner next weekend, and this would certainly be a great dessert to serve. With ice cream. Sorry about your neck issues – sounds like you’re facing some tough choices. Good luck.

    • says

      It would be a great dessert for your friend. I was also thinking of making it for friends we have coming to dinner soon. Everyone loves chocolate – almost everyone anyway.

  2. says

    Your brownies look tremendous, Suzanne. You’d never know you had any sort of dietary restrictions! And I’m so sorry to hear about your neck…that kind of nagging discomfort has got to be unbearable. Take good care, my friend.

    • says

      Thanks, Liz. Dietary restrictions are only as much of a problem as you make them to be. There is very little that I can’t make in another way.
      Thanks for the sympathy – I am working on sorting it.

  3. says

    Hi Suzanne I thought of you when I made these brownies. I did make them with hazelnut flour for my gluten intolerant friend. I didn’t of course reduce the sugar because I am a fiend like that. I do hope you can sort out your neck problems . I know how painful that can be. Good luck

  4. says

    You are a girl after my own heart! It’s amazing how quickly I have got used to reduced sugar. Now most things taste too sweet so I will be able to reduce it gradually further and further. Not a bad thing.

  5. says

    Tania is such a gem. I’ve privileged to have been able to get to know her and she is incredibly talented, very generous with her knowledge and just so witty. I wish you could pop over here for a get-together Suzanne. And she does speak very highly of you! I love this brownie recipe and I’ll give it a try making your GF version. I went to see Gravity but it was on only in 2D so having been advised it’s best in 3D, we went home and came back a few hours later and saw it in 3D. I just loved it. The images from space were just incredible and it was a refreshing kind of film – so different to what else is on at the moment and yes, you do have to suspend belief but it’s a thrilling ride. I want Sandra’s personal trainer – how incredible does she look! So toned! xx

    • says

      One day I will get over there – it would be such fun to have a get-together.
      Sandra did look marvellous – she must have worked out big time. I want her trainer too. But my muscles never grow like hers. I did classical ballet most of my growing up life, including having a ballet school but my muscles never looked like hers. I think she did a splendid job in the film. I just might have to see it again in 3-D. it sure did get the adrenaline moving.

  6. says

    Suzanne, this brownie looks perfect: its color, its shape, its size. You could serve it in a fancy restaurant! Is it ice-cream on the side? So sorry to hear about your neck problems. I hope it doesn’t mean you will cut down on your blogging or writing.

    • says

      Thanks for the compliment, Julia. It’s whipped cream, by the way.
      Hopefully it doesn’t mean I will be cutting down. I would prefer to be doing this rather than working but I don’t make enough from the blog and the wwriting yet.

  7. says

    Yummer, the brownies look fantastic Suzanne. I’ll be sure to check out Tania’s recipe for full instructions.

    I saw Gravity last night and in 3D. I have to say that it was amazing cinematography and a suspenseful movie. Sandra was great but overall there wasn’t much of a story — still worth watching though.

    I hope you find a solution soon.:)

    • says

      I have noticed a lot of people clicking through to her blog. these brownies are being made all over the world right now. LOL.
      I guess the story was her journey to get home alongside her journey to find the will to live despite having lost her child. It was certainly suspenseful and spectacular.

  8. says

    I don’t care what you said after “chocolate” that is the magic word for me.

    I hope you don’t quit blogging, have you considered a dictation software?, and perhaps doing some of the blogging on a tablet? Here’s to hoping you find a solution to your neck problem. I can sympathise, my back was killing me, but I have been doing yoga for a few months and it’s like the problem disappeared altogether, so crossing fingers.

    • says

      I am partial to a little chocolate myself, as you may have noticed.
      I would hate to stop blogging now I have reached a certain exposure. I have a lot of people who need my low FODMAP recipes and that keeps me going. There are not many of us blogging with this specialty. I am so glad the yoga has helped your back.

  9. Lisa Cameron says

    Making the brownies at this minute……
    I have IBS, Alopecia Universalis and ongoing back and neck issues. I also use a computer for a living – fortunately not full time any more. I use a track ball mouse, stand while at the computer as much as possible (you’ll have to get a higher desk), have a brilliant yoga teacher, network (gentle) chiropractor, attend a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and walk and hike as much as I can. Don’t give up blogging nor trying to cope with and fix your neck issues

    • says

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment.
      This was about 18 months ago and my situation has changed dramatically. I now work from home as an online coach and can follow my own schedule to a large degree. I tried a standing desk for about a month and it killed my back so I am back sitting. I used to use a ball mouse though no longer need that either. I think a lot of the issue was working in a very stressed, high-powered environment which meant my muscles were constantly tense and so the damage was done. I get massages once a fortnight now and things are much better. Thanks for your concern and I am glad to hear you have sorted out your issues too.

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